School Tools are teaching materials and interesting objects for learning and play. Visit the catalog to see which toolkits are available now or come browse the display in the Children's Room of the Central Library!
You must come to the Children's Room of the Central Library to check out a School Tool, or you can call 401-943-9080 x4 with your library card number ready to reserve a toolkit and have it sent to any Cranston Public Library location for pick-up. School Tools cannot be picked up at libraries outside of Cranston.
Schools Tools can be checked out for 3 weeks and must be returned to a Cranston Public Library location. If the toolkit you want is checked out, please call 401-943-9080 x4 for more information.
Please fill out this form to request books to go with any of the toolkits.
Homeschooling? We also have an updated collection of books for you: Click here to see the list.
SCHOOL TOOLS: ARTS
Roll-up Keyboard Toolkit
This kit includes a roll-up keyboard with 50 rainbow-colored keys and a power cord.
Use it to teach the relationship between tones, such as whole and half steps, scales, and chords.
It pairs well with the Blue Moo book and CD--play along by ear!
SCHOOL TOOLS: LIFE SKILLS
Obstacle Course Toolkit
This kit contains cones, rings, and bean bags.
Use it to create your own obstacle course or pair it with items you have to build a mini "golf" course, set of carnival games, or relay races.
It pairs well with the Time Toolkit (coming soon!)
Play Cash Register Toolkit
This kit includes a play cash register with play money and a toy credit card. The cash register is a working calculator and the play money includes pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters, and one, five, ten and twenty dollar bills.
Use it to teach money, budgeting, and adding and subtracting with decimals.
It pairs well with the balance scale kit for grocery store simulations.
Sewing Machine Toolkit
This kit contains a small sewing machine, thread, craft scissors, pins, a measuring tape, and some fabric. You may use as much of the fabric and thread as you like!
Use it to practice sewing in a straight line, cutting and tracing shapes, and measuring and folding.
It pairs well with our puppet theater toolkit (coming soon!). Sewing a hand puppet is a great beginner project!
SCHOOL TOOLS: LITERACY
Phonics Beginner Word Cubes Tooklit
This kit incudes connectable cubes with the letters of the alphabet and cards with three letter words to build.
Use it to teach letter sounds, spelling, and sounding out words.
It pairs well with the books in the Flip-a-Word series.
Phonics Intermediate Word Cubes Tooklit
This kit includes connectable cubes with vowels, consonants, and blends, as well as cards with three- and four-letter words to build.
Use it to teach blends and digraphs and build vocabulary (literally).
It pairs well with spelling lists and dictionaries.
Rhyming Words Toolkit
This kit contains two games: Fox in a Box and Snap it Up! Word Families.
Use the components of the two games to find and make rhyming words, match words and objects, and learn about "word families."
This kit pairs well with the Beginner Phonics Cubes Toolkit and I Spy books.
This kit contains a magnet board and magnetic "poetry" kit with words and phrases that make funny stories, plus Rory's Story Cubes, which is a set of 6 picture dice.
Use it for oral storytelling games and creative writing prompts, to talk about the parts of a sentence (subject, verb, object) and a story (beginning, middle, end).
It pairs well with car trips and creative writing groups.
SCHOOL TOOLS: MATHEMATICS
Base 10 Blocks Toolkit
This kit contains blocks representing the ones, tens, and hundreds place, as well as one block representing 1,000.
Use it to teach place value and visualize operations.
It pairs well with A Visual Guide to Math.
This kit contains three 6"x6" geoboards and three 9"x9" geoboards, plus lots of elastic bands in different sizes, and cards with patterns to recreate.
Use it to teach shapes, perimeter, and area.
It pairs well with the Dash Robot with Sketch toolkit.
Geometric Doodling Kit
This kit contains a Spriograph kit, multicolored pens, a compass, a protractor, and 3 shape stencil rulers.
Use it to teach the properties and measurement of circles, curves, and angles.
It pairs well with the Geoboard kit.
Numbers Bingo Toolkit
This kit contains the game "Zingo 1-2-3," a bingo game with 6 double-sided bingo cards and a "Zinger" that dispenses number tiles.
Use it to teach number recognition and simple addition.
It pairs well with the Number Pegs Toolkit.
Number Pegs Toolkit
This kit includes 100 stacking pegs and boards with the numbers 1 to 10.
Use it to teach number recognition, counting, and subsitizing.
It pairs well with the Numbers Bingo toolkit.
SCHOOL TOOLS: SCIENCE
Animal X-Ray Toolkit
This kit contains a lightpad and 14 x-rays of animal skeletons, as well as regular photographs of the animals.
Use it to teach the taxonomy of animals. The lightpad is also good for drawing and tracing activities.
It pairs well with the Geometric Doodling toolkit.
Balance Scale Toolkit
This kit contains a see-inside bucket balance scale, a set of gram weights, liquid measuring cups, funnels, measuring tapes, and a set of measuring spoons.
Use it to teach weights and measures, the scientific method, the metric system, and estimating and counting.
It pairs well with a bag of dried beans and a book like Ton.
Dash Robot with Launcher Toolkit
This kit contains a Dash robot with charger and Lego adapter, activity cards, and a catapult kit. Please note: you will need to download a free Wonder Workshop app to your own device to program the robot.
Use it to teach basic coding and engineering tasks and even simple machines. Play basketball, storm a castle, or hit a target built with Legos!
It pairs well with ping-pong tables and Legos.
Dash Robot with Sketch Toolkit
This kit contains a Dash robot with charger and Lego adapter, activity cards, and a Sketch kit with markers you can attach to the robot. Please note: you will need to download a free Wonder Workshop app to your own device to program the robot.
Use it to teach drag-and-drop coding, including conditionals and loops, or just work on linear directions and geometric patterns.
It pairs well with Legos and a giant sheet of paper.
This kit includes a 6-inch microscope that magnifies up to 900x, 24 slides of plant and animal matter, and equipment to make your own temporary slides.
Use it to teach about structures in biology and the scientific method.
It pairs well with the Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope and things you find in nature like leaves, pollen, and a bit of pond water.
This kit contains 2 small robots that follow lines drawn on paper, as well as markers and instructions for color codes that make the robots do different things.
Use it to teach basic coding, logic, and problem solving.
It pairs well with the Scratch Jr app and coding cards.
Rubberband Car Toolkit
This kit contains two large cars that are powered by rubberbands and two small cars with rubberband launchers. It also contains rubberbands, tape for marking starting lines, and two measuring tapes.
Use it to teach potential and kinetic energy, friction, velocity, and measuring distances, and to extend lessons on simple machines (wheels and axles!).
It pairs well with the time toolkit (coming soon!) to measure how quickly the carts travel, as well as the distance.
SCHOOL TOOLS: SOCIAL STUDIES
Election Night Toolkit
This kit contains the tabletop boardgame Election Night, which is recommended for ages 8 & up.
Use it to teach about the Electoral College and U.S. Geography and to practice math skills--there's an addition and a multiplication version!
It pairs well with the U.S. Geography toolkit.
Legendary Inventors Toolkit
This kit contains the tabletop boardgame Legendary Inventors, which is recommended for ages 10 & up.
Use it to teach about famous inventors, the history of technology, and the importance of collaboration in scientific discovery.
It pairs well with biographies of inventors like Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions, and What the Neighbors Thought and makes a great jumping off point for choosing an invention or inventor to study in more detail.
U.S. Geography Toolkit
This kit contains a U.S. Map puzzle, a how to draw the states book, and a Guess in 10 card game with a trivia card for each state.
Use it to teach geography, memorize state capitals, or learn about making maps.
World Globe Toolkit
This kit contains a hands-on teaching globe, a deck of Geocards with the outline of 50 different countries, a measuring tape, a magnifying glass, and a toy car and plane.
Use it to teach continents, latitude and longitude--even seasons and weather if you're feeling ambitious!
It pairs well with the Solar System kit (coming soon!).